Friday, February 6, 2009

MY NEXT BOOK


I just found the cover for my next book on Amazon. It's always exciting to see the cover of one's story--to see what an artist has come up with for one's characters. Are they anything like one imagined? Usually, the artist doesn't read the book, but they get detailed descriptions of the characters, as well as the story line, from the author and editorial team.

I have to say I like this one. It has a pretty lavender color scheme, and the placement of the hero and heroine matches that of its sister book: The Making of a Gentleman, my Aug. '08 book. For those who read that story about Florence, this is her brother, Damien, the parson's story. The costume (the white "preaching bands" collar) is historically accurate for the regency period). I just wish they'd made the waistline of the heroine's gown a trifle higher to be more in line with the empire waists of the regency period. The same goes for Florence's gown on the cover of The Making of a Gentleman; it should have been a little higher. Waistlines didn't start dropping until almost 1820 as the fashion styles transitioned into the romantic period of the 1830's.
But other than that, I really like this cover. I kind of like the "headless covers," so a reader can imagine the hero & heroine's face themselves. Usually, the artist's models are not exactly the people I've envisioned.

8 comments:

Veronica said...

Looks pretty.

Ruth Axtell Morren said...

I agree!
Ruth

Carla Gade said...

It looks very nice. I like those headless covers too! The dress on "Gentleman" bothered me a little, but the contents made up for it and then some. One book I read the heroine had black hair, but on the cover they made her a blonde. The covers can ignite the imagination and I think your next book will do a good job with that. Can't wait to read the first chapter!!!

Ruth Axtell Morren said...

Hi Carla,
I agree! I'd rather imagine my own hero. The new cover I just posted has the heroine's hair color a little too dark, but the hero's chin is very nice :-)
Ruth

Rachel said...

That is a lovely cover. Totally agree about her waistline. It's several inches too low, though not as low as Making Of A Gentleman.

Reading A Man Most Worthy right now and loving it!

Ruth Axtell Morren said...

Hi Rachel,
Nice to hear from you. I'm glad you are enjoying A Man Most Worthy.
You know what gets me? When some of my readers, who really enjoy my single titles, read one of my LIH's and then give it a low review on Amazon, b/c it isn't on the same level as the longer books. I would think they would understand that a shorter book is not going to have the same plot, character or thematic development as a longer book.
Anyway, just a pet peeve :-)
Have a nice day!
Ruth

Martha A. said...

I enjoyed The Making of a Gentleman so much! I am going to have to get this one! When does it come out?

Angel Gail Rose said...

I just have to say you have become a favorite author of mine and after I finish A Bride of Honor I will only have not read Winter Is Past. I'm a writer and member of ACFW and am going to have to reread your books to study your craft. I want to publish in the secular market but with Christian morals etc and you have astounded me by being able to touch on certain subjects so delicately and with finess without cheating the topic! I just accidentally found some of your books at the library and have bought the ones that they didn't carry (and will have to own them all eventually anyway). sorry if this is spastic, I'm going on little sleep, but I just had to let you know you are much appreciated!